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It is almost 10 AM and my girls are attending virtual school. They are sitting across from each other headphones on and every time one of them speaks my ears perk up. I know some of that is human instinct, but I think that I need to tame it. The girls - bless them - have been with me 24/7 since March. Now it is time for them to have their space, to say whatever they want without me filing it away to discuss for later. This entire time I have been thinking about how much of my space I have given up since the pandemic forced us indoors. Now I realize that they have given up theirs too.
It is time to pivot a little, to go back to the things I did before, finding my space so they can find theirs. It is also time for me to go back to eating and living the way we did before Banana Bread became the new bread. We are now back to planning and packing school lunches and that includes things like Sesame Ginger Chicken. I have a whole arsenal of these chicken recipes up my sleeve - the marinate and cook variety because they are kid friendly, pantry friendly and so healthy.
What goes in Sesame Ginger Chicken
The ingredients for this sesame ginger chicken are so basic it is positively wonderful. I bet I will shock you with the first three (lol)
- Boneless Chicken (breast or thigh)
- Sesame Seeds
- Soy Sauce
- Lime Juice
- Green Chilies (for a little zing!)
- Garam Masala (optional, but if you don't have it skip it and add half a tsp of pepper instead!)
I love making these skewers because they are quick and easy! Simply marinate the Sesame Ginger Chicken 30 minutes to a few hours before you eat. Then you can cook them skewered or not in a grill pan or a large frying pan. A few minutes on each side and you're on your way to juicy deliciousness!
Three Ways to Enjoy your Sesame Ginger Chicken
One of the best things about chicken skewers like these are that they are enormously versatile. You can probably come up with even more fun ideas, but we usually eat them
- with a green salad
- in a wrap
- on skewers with some fries and vegetable sticks
I also love to put them on little toothpicks for the kids for school because they just look so darn cute!
Speaking of kids my kids also love these recipes!
Sesame Ginger Chicken
- wooden skewers (optional)
- 2 lbs Boneless chicken
- 4-inch piece ginger (peeled)
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 tbsp lime juice
- 1 tsp garam masala (optional, add ½ a tsp pepper if it's not available)
- 3 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- ½ tsp salt
- 1-3 green chilies minced
- ¼ cup sesame seeds
- 3 tbsp chopped cilantro
- Soak the wooden skewers in water (if using)
- Chop the chicken into 1.5 inch sized pieces
- Blend together the ingredients from ginger to green chilies (if you want to avoid blending then grate your ginger, mince your garlic and stir everything together)
- Stir in the sesame seeds and cilantro
- Pour over chicken, mix well and marinate for at least 30 minutes
- Cook one test piece on a hot pan, 2-3 minutes on each side until cooked through and then adjust seasoning if needed.
- If you are happy with it then skewer chicken onto the wooden skewers
- Cook for 4 minutes on the first side, flip, then cook till done. Cook times will vary by pans, but it usually takes me 3-4 minutes on each side.
- Serve with extra lime wedges. Goes so well with a nice salad and fries or inside a wrap!